MacShane – local news round up

Three MPs under investigation in expenses inquiry

Published on Saturday 28 January 2012

Police and prosecutors are still examining the expenses of three parliamentarians, it has been disclosed.

A panel consisting of senior figures from Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is considering whether further action should be taken in the cases.

One of those involved is believed to be Labour minister Denis MacShane, MP for Rotherham, who was referred to police by the parliamentary standards commissioner in October 2010. Read on…………

Take Two

Published on Monday 30 January 2012

THEY say you can’t trust politicians – and certainly it seems Denis MacShane’s Twitter doesn’t always stand up to scrutiny.

The Rotherham MP, currently suspended from the Labour party while police investigate expense claims, notes that: “Since 1960, every nation that has hosted the Olympic Games has seen a change of government or leader at the next election.” Read on……..

Previously published on Rotherham Politics:

Has MacShane lost his grip on reality?

Answers thanks to Guido Fawkes’ Blog.

1984 – Los Angeles (Reagan reelected in 1984)
1988 – Seoul (Roh Tae-woo returned in 1992)
1992 – Barcelona (Marquez returned as PM 1993)
1996 – Atlanta (Clinton reelected 1996)
2000 – Sydney (Howard reelected 2001)
2004 – Athens (Karamanlis reelected 2007)
2008 – China (no brainer)

Harry Cole@MrHarryCole Harry Cole

Are you really the best person to be attacking misuse of public funds @DenisMacShane. Any news on the police investigation??

Darren Hughes & the Exclusive Brethren – ‘Useful Idiot’ or something more?

Darren Hughes, RMBC Councillor for Anston & Woodsetts Ward who actually lives in Catcliffe, has been reported to have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to facilitate this locally unwelcome application for development, in part of Rotherham’s precious green belt at Anston.

Why did he support the Exclusive Brethren’s planning application?

Perhaps it was for the following reasons, in no particular order:

  • It will provide much needed education for the children of his Anston & Woodsetts constituents?
  • It will enhance the site by destroying valuable wildlife habitat?
  • The local roads are under used?
  • It will advance Rotherham’s equalities Agenda?
  • Labour’s own national education policy supports this?
  • The education on offer will be fully compliant with the National Curriculum?
  • Science teaching will be excellent?
  • There will be many jobs for local constituents of Darren?
  • LGBT isues will be dealt with sympathetically?
  • The Exclusive Brethren are not a ‘cult’ that splits up families?
  • The local community will benefit and welcome this development?
  • The school will not be engaging in ‘brainwashing’ amounting to ‘child abuse’?
  • Local businesses will benefit?
  • Information Technology and computer science teaching will be ‘World class’?
  • It will provide Rotherham citizens a new place to get married or enter a civil partnership?
  • It will provide another place of worship, welcoming to all Christians?

This by no means exhaustive list of questions can only be answered in the negative, so why has Darren Hughes been so supportive of the Brethren’s proposals? We have a right to be told!

Useful Idiot‘ is one possible explanation, there are others much less charitable to Darren Hughes. Darren Hughes’s, Anston & Woodsetts constituents are waiting for answers! See comment below.

That application to remind readers what the Exclusive Brethren want:

Application Ref – RB2011/1568
Date Valid – 03/11/2011
Case Officer – Leanne Cain
Applicant – Elsworth Acres Ltd
Proposal – Erection of 2 No. buildings to form independent school, convention centre and gospel hall including associated car parking, landscaping and surface water retention pond and erection of ancillary caretaker’s dwelling including detached double garage
Property land at – Todwick Road
District – North Anston
Consultation_Period – START 11/11/2011
Consultation_Period- END 02/12/2011
Provisional_Decision- Date 02/02/2012

Planning Documents Make Reference To The Following –

Full application, for the erection of an Independent School, Convention Centre and Gospel Hall. Car parking, area for coach parking, informal play areas, caretaker’s dwelling, surface water retention pond and associated landscaping. Provision For 186 Cars and 8 Coaches. Provision For 4 Bedroom House

Not just a school then but a whole complex!

A reader writes (as dictated over that wonderful invention the wireless telephone):

“No wonder he was prepared to sell us out on this! This loathsome local politician won’t be affected. He should be ashamed of himself. Can’t wait for May so we can tip him out!”

Thanks to Trambuster for the planning link, much appreciated. Rothpol.

A question less random?

Did Anston parish council exceed their legal powers, when involved in litigation?

This rather nasty little episode of the abuse of power may still come to haunt those involved, Robin Stonebridge and Iain StJohn, to name just two of them!

A very interesting question indeed!

In football parlance, Resident 7 Anston parish council 0

Another question at random………

No Honours rebels in Rotherham – No surprise there then!

Grald-Hunter was amused to read this online news article – – and not too surprised to discover that there’s no names of past Corn Fed Hogs, Muppets and Clowns from Rovrum Town Hall Towers anywhere to be seen.

Nope not a one of Da Rovrum Laybah bruvvaz n sistaz, those stalwart socialist community gladiators who allegedly battle the entire system on behalf of us ordinary Joes n Joans, can be seen anywhere rejecting Honours from the Old Etonian capitalist system which they so apparently despise and wish so hard to change.

Instead we have the unedifying spectacle of our Borough’s champagne socialists jockeying for position to shamefully add some gong or other to their name, in the forlorn myopic hope that it represents a public accolade and recognition for their alleged efforts on our behalf.

Just imagine the excited childish discussions in the dark rooms where Da Grooip pass around various cards with the honours titles on and petulantly squabble among themselves for “OBE for Junketing n Waist Busting” or “MBE for 1st Class Rail Travel” or “CBE for Civic Buffoonery”.

Your town in their hands … OMG, that’s got to be worth a gong for “Services to Civic Comedy” 

Keep smiling,


Brethren School – Why did local citizens object?

Rotherham Politics brings you this objection letter from local resident, Hilary Estrada-Haigh:

                             For the Exclusive Brethren.
If this application is passed it will give the Green Light for development on all Green Belt.
This area, has, over the years, lost a great deal of its open space – The Green Belt should be protected for both the area and the environment.
Increased Traffic: 
The wear & tear on our roads will increase significantly
Large vehicles would be coming from a wide area, travelling through Anston & surrounding villages putting pressure on small country roads and surrounding communities. These are already heavily trafficked.
500 Worshippers, travelling in their own large vehicles to the site on  a Sunday – How many times?
Worshippers travelling in their own large vehicles to services and meetings throughout the week.
Weddings & funerals to be catered for –
Service vehicles both large and lesser sized will have a serious impact on the approach roads and on Common Lane.
Large people carriers ferrying the children to and from the school – note the end of day time –
This is when the roads in the immediate area are at one of their most busiest.


If granted, the surrounding roads would have to be upgraded. Would RMBC consider it correct to put this burden on the hard pressed ratepayers?
Not for the benefit of the local area’s children
This school is for the sole use of the children of the Brethren.
No local children will be offered education.
No integration with other schools will be sought
The Brethren wish to move their children from an industrial site??
The Brethren are moving their children to the vicinity of an industrial site – one that is being investigated for noxious emissions –
The reasoning is cynical – not sound.
NB: Local schools have involved their children in the planting of trees, shrubs, wild flowers etc., in order to teach them to protect and care for their environment,
The proposed Brethren school – Destroys a large open green space – It is destructive to the environment
There will be  NO benefits to Anston, neither social nor economic.  Nor to the surrounding communities.
This will not bring work for local people – The Exclusive Brethren do everything “In House”
Partial development on the site is being sought.
Local concern is for what the remainder of the site is being held-back. 
NB:   (Whilst planners may say they are dealing with the application before them, they have been in close negotiations with the Brethren over a protracted period and will undoubtedly have knowledge of what is being held in abeyance for the future.) 
A corner of the site has been offered to RMBC to “help” facilitate a roundabout at the cross-roads junction.
Does RMBC, if granted, have plans to impose this cost on the hard pressed ratepayers of our area.
 This development takes away Green Belt land –
                              Is solely for the benefit of the Exclusive Brethren –
                              Offers no benefit whatsoever to Anston & area.
For the above reasons I urge that this proposal be declined.
Hilary Estrada-Haigh

Hilary also makes these important points:

So Darren Hughes has been working behind the scenes with these people and planners, regardless of cost, both monetary and environmental, to the area he is supposed to represent.

This is the man who defected to Labour regardless of the parishioners over 1500 of whom, voted in a Conservative.

What other machinations are going on behind the scenes – How many more betrayals?

Has MacShane lost his grip on reality?

Denis MacShane normally spot on when it comes to historical accuracy has boobed with a recent tweet:

Readers might like to amuse themselves checking his facts?

No wonder the Police investigation is taking time, hope his answers to them are more accurate that this tweet?

Magna – Time for some facts!

For those of you who like their facts straight, we bring you the latest set of  full accounts available of  Magna Trust.

Report of the Trustees and Consolidated Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 March 2011.

Available as pdf files, links should open in your web browser:

For those with very quick connection speeds click on link below:

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For those with modest connection speeds click on individual links below:

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Happy reading! Find anything interesting? Let us know.

My thanks got to the source of this information who does not want to be identified and to Trambuster, who combined them together in a single pdf file for your convenience, in such a timely fashion. Rothpol.

Wonderful news for Anston’s green belt!

It can be reported that the plans to build a school off Todwick Road with Common Road, Anston have been withdrawn!!!!!!


The advice from officers was for rejection. The decidedly unwelcome application was being fought by the the local community.  The  planning application, made on behalf of a religious ‘cult’ has now been withdrawn ahead of the planning meeting scheduled for next Thursday. Hooray once again!!!! The rejection advice should be interesting, bring it to you when we have it.

Is it too much to hope that the Brethren have forsaken Rotherham for good? Wherever they turn their attention to next, perhaps they will do it without destroying more of God’s wonderful World and certainly not on Rotherham’s precious green belt!

This must be a disappointment to Darren Hughes, as he was assiduous in their cause assisting them everywhere he could! Darren Hughes is a RMBC Councillor for the Anston & Woodsetts Ward and was prepared to destroy important green belt land for a bunch of rather undesirable religious ‘cultists’, they are not called the Exclusive Brethren for nothing!

Darren’s constituents should remember this, when it comes to casting their votes this May.

Trades Union Reform – necessary, but not by this lot!



How to avoid answering a question

Simply couldn’t resist sharing this contribution from Grald-Hunter …

An Irish friend mine has sent me this rivetting link to a journalist who doggedly pursues the faceless evasive obfuscating toxic salaried European Central Banker with a ruthless line of public interest questioning, and not getting any satisfactory or meaningful responses from him, he continues to publically argue his case for this financial kling-on to answer his questions.

Oh where oh where in Dear Old Rovrum do we have a statutory agency who don’t like to be challenged, outed, scrutinised, observed, defeated, ridiculed, humiliated or demeaned and who think they can shower us with plenty of that which makes the town’s roses blossom and bloom?

I can’t help but think of Da Rovrum Laybah Grooip and the Corn Fed Hogs, Muppets and Clowns at Town Hall Towers.

Happy Hunting,